Set Intentions First

Have you ever started a Monday feeling frazzled, like your day was controlling you and you were just along for the roller coaster ride? By waking up and setting an intention everyday, you can stop this cycle and change your life.

Intentions are NOT goals. Goals are super easy to come up with, but even easier to fail at. I have set many goals (i.e. “practice yoga everyday,” “read a book a month,” etc… you get the point.) And do I practice yoga every day? Nope. Do I read a book a month? Not even close. When we only setting goals, we lose sight of the journey and the present moment and focus instead on the future.

Before you set goals, first, set intentions. Intentions focus on the now and tap into the essence of who you are and what you want to contribute to the world. Here are some examples:

I intend to:

  • To hustle and work hard with the peace of knowing that I am loved regardless of the outcome

  • To share love and light with everyone I see

  • To give myself grace (this one is a favorite of mine…)

  • To create more simplicity and peacefulness in my day

  • To discover who I am and what I enjoy

  • To give back to the community that has inspired me

  • To explore something I’ve never seen before

“Setting and living your intentions allows you to focus on who you are in the moment, to recognize and live your values, and to raise your emotional energy, which in turn raises your physical energy,” says Marla Tabaka, small-business advisor and writer.

You can remind yourself of your intention in several easy ways:

  1. Write it in your planner

  2. Set an alarm or reminder on your phone with your intention

  3. Put your intention on a sticky note by your door or on your computer screen

Begin being intentional today and share your intentions with our community. Each Monday during #mindfulmay, we will set an intention as a community and share how that intention has made an impact on our lives.